Recovering Trust: Response to suggestions from the World Economic Forum on loss of trust in business

It seems odd to me that the mindset of businesses that have lost the trust of the public, is to think that the answer may be in developing codes of behaviour and audits to verify that behaviour (one of the many suggestions from the WEF in DavosLawyers and legislators like to think that problems like this can be solved with laws and regulations.  Some of those moves may be necessary, but they focus on trying to prevent the negative rather than challenging the culture of  the organization so that people in those organizations (from leaders on down) live and own a behaviour that inspires confidence and trust.  When you visit a company, a school, a government agency, a church or synagogue, there are some that stand out.  Each individual seems to inspire sincerity, confidence and trust store new balance.  They are comfortable in their role.  They’re not acting.  They own their actions.  They realize that every interaction with colleagues and “outsiders” (including competitors) is an opportunity to walk the talk with humility, confidence and respect.  That helps create a collaborative mindset throughout the organization and beyond.  There will be failures, of course.  Some people won’t make it, but those situations also represent opportunities to walk the talk…and to learn.  And there will be difficult times when the pressure to take short cuts is great.  That’s when character is measured and culture is built.  Great leaders invest a lot of time in explaining the reason behind decisions…it’s a way of demonstrating respect for all as well as harnessing the collective intelligence

of all….”If you want me on the landing, include me on the take-off”.

Creating a culture like this is very difficult, of course.  It takes time.  It has to be earned.  The leadership must role model the desired behaviour and it must be celebrated, particularly when difficult situations have been overcome nike air jordan 5 retro.  There are some simple ethics questions that can be asked to test yourself:

          1. Golden Rule: Would I want this done to myself?
          2. Categorical Imperitive: What if everybody else did this?
          3. What would somebody I really respect do?
          4. What if this was made public and I had to explain it to a television interviewer tonight?
          5. Would this make a skit on Saturday Night Live?

Not all questions apply to every situation, but the principles work nike air max 2006.
John Abele

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About John

“John Abele is a pioneer and leader in the field of less-invasive medicine, For more than four decades, John has devoted himself to innovation in health care, business and solving social problems.” He is retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation. John holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. Current activities include Chair of the FIRST Foundation which works with high school kids to make being science-literate cool and fun, and development of The Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “Collectively intelligent.” He lives with his wife and two dogs in Shelburne, Vermont.”

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